274w ago - It appears Elixor, the Community Team Leader of the official PlayStation European boards, has already posted what content is likely to be included in this Thursday's PSN (EU) update. To quote:
[9.99€] 1942 Joint Strike
[Gratuit] Play TV (France uniquement)
[Gratuit] 1942: Joint Strike
[Gratuit] FIFA 09
275w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) today:
Hey, everyone. It's time again for the PLAYSTATION Store weekly update.
Qore Digital Magazine
Qore Episode 04: September, 2008 ($2.99 Issue, $24.99 Annual Subscription)
Episode 04 of Qore: Presented by the PLAYSTATION Network explores a number of upcoming games, including LittleBigPlanet, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift and Prince of Persia, it also includes 30-day exclusive access to the MotorStorm: Pacific Rift demo (scheduled to be available 9/11/08), some great artwork and a new mini-game.
File size: 1.54 GB
NFL Head Coach 09 ($49.99)
Brought to you by EA SPORTS, NFL Head Coach 09 gives you the opportunity to make all the decisions that win championships. You can scout players, draft players, sign free agents, chose gameplans, create plays, hire assistant coaches and make all the critical calls to build your favorite franchise into a perennial champion.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 4.84 GB
Add-on Game Content
HAZE Destruction Pack ($9.99)
Discover 7 exclusive multiplayer maps and a totally new team game mode: the Capture and hold mode.
File size: 256 MB
[Free] Movement - London: Hats Off
[Free] Movement - London: It's a Wrap!
[Free] Movement - Missing Andy: Under Pressure
[Free] Movement - Missing Andy: Dance
[Free] Movement - Missing Andy Interview
[Free] Movement - Dead Monroe: Sweetheart
[Free] Movement - Dead Monroe: You're No Good For Me
[Free] Movement - Dead Monroe Interview
[Free] Soulcalibur IV - Wallpaper 01
[Free] Soulcalibur IV - Wallpaper 02
[Free] Soulcalibur IV - Wallpaper 03
[Free] Soulcalibur IV - Wallpaper 04
275w ago - Sam_Protagonist, an SCE developer has just posted up at the Official PlayStation forums (linked above) that:
"There will be a limited public BETA test for LittleBigPlanet in September. If it will be possible to "sign up" for this test, full information on how to do so will be made public in advance of the test. Similarly if the test is going to be conducted in an invitation-only we will let you know ahead of time."
To quote in full: Hi all, here's your guide to what a beta test is, why it happens in the first place and what the different is between internal, external, public, private, open and closed.
A beta test takes place in order to test aspects of a game that cannot be checked using internal testing and QA staff. This is usually because of the number of people required to adequately test the game is far beyond the size of internal test departments. Often these tests are looking to ensure that balance, stability and various online functionality is working as planned, being conducted with enough time to make changes should the test indicate that work needs to be done.
Beta tests are described in a variety of ways, so here's a quick breakdown of what these various descriptions mean :
Internal - a test conducted only with people who work for the company (beyond...
276w ago - Despite being promised for a "nationwide" rollout last Spring, pre-paid PSN cards are still a scarce commodity. That is, unless you have a Meijer nearby.
Truth be told, many of us don't, so it is reassuring to hear that Sony will be expanding availability of the cards to Blockbuster, 7-Eleven and Rite Aid stores across the continental United States later this September.
This is no doubt good news for those without access to a credit card or debit card account. We just can't fathom why it took them this long though.
To quote: Use your PlayStation¬®Network card to purchase and download exclusive games, videos and more for your PLAYSTATION¬®3 and PlayStation¬® Portable systems!
Visit your local Pamida, Meijer, Blockbuster and Speedway stores to pick up the PSN¬® card.
Retailers joining in September: Blockbuster, 7-Eleven and Rite Aid
We'll be adding more PLAYSTATION¬® Network Card retailers soon. Check here for the latest updates.